• Non-Cancer question: do you use your public library?

    Asked by cllinda on Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    Non-Cancer question: do you use your public library?

    The reason I am asking is that I saw a book advertised on Facebook that sounded interesting. But $26 is out of my price range. So I looked it up and my library will have this book that I want to read soon.
    I think libraries are really gifts to the community. So do you have a good library in your area?

    21 Answers from the Community

    21 answers
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      Yes, but the county is withdrawing their funding for it, and the city doesn't have more money. Local citizens are doing a fund drive. Sad that many libraries across our nation are facing funding issues.

      5 months ago
    • Debbievoodoo's Avatar
      Debbievoodoo

      Of course. I have 4 public libraries within 10 minutes of my house. Illinois has had some very large budget cuts to our public libraries, but librarians have been creative about restructuring the library districts to still supply incredible service. I am a retired librarian.

      4 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Our library in the small town closest to us was named best small library in the U.S. several
      years ago. it is well used and funded.
      It's crazy not to use libraries, but sad to see people not reading books anymore. All they do is look at their phones and play with Facebook and computer games. Their kids see this and follow their example. If more people used this wonderful resource called a library, we would be much better off.
      Thanks to librarians for all they do!

      4 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I can see how libraries would be closing down due to lack of funding and lack of customers. With the internet having anything you would want to read with a flick of a button, it's easy to see how the change is taking place. Sort of like music, you can't find CD's much anywhere anymore, you have to download them.

      4 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I do. I mostly use the online options - books on tape or electronic books, but I've rented a few "real" books and also CDs from our library.

      4 months ago
    • TerriL's Avatar
      TerriL

      I use our local library. I visit and also download books to my Kindle. I would hate to see it close!

      4 months ago
    • Schandler1965's Avatar
      Schandler1965

      My whole family uses the library. It is a great place to find resources. Just like your book. There maybe more places that book is for sale at a reduced rate, but my guess is none are free.
      It is also a good place to check out movies, books on tape/cd. Our library has regularly scheduled
      events for all ages. They also have classes (usually free or at a VERY low cost) in things computer programs like microsoft word and excel. they also make a great indoor, out of the elements place to just be. You don't have to buy any thing, they are climate controlled, they large workspaces, tables and chairs and as long as you are quiet you can usually do anything you want. I have taken scrapbooking projects or other things like when I need a space.

      4 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Greg, believe it or not, many families don't have computers or video games at home. They use the library to go online on library computers. Computers are a major expense for a single mom or lower income couple.

      4 months ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      I live close to a great library, but I tend to want reference books I can keep to re-read. So the first thing I look for is a Kindle version. I have a huge backlog of e-books. The Kindle versions are usually less than half the price of hard copy, even paperback.

      4 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I use

      4 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      Oops, I use the library all the time. I always have at least 1 or 2 cookbooks checked out. I also get all my kindle books for free from the library. Sometimes there is a wait of a month or so for a title but free is a sweet deal.

      4 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Good to read this. My library is a place of peace for me. I read 4-5 books a month and would not be able to enjoy books as much of I had to buy all of them. I also use kindle books from the library, too. It's also a spot I can take my granddaughters to that doesn't cost to go there. I just think libraries really are the heart of a community.
      I also knit and crochet and I borrow new books from the library to see if they are worth it to buy. I love my library.

      4 months ago
    • Suzebaron's Avatar
      Suzebaron

      The Genealogy Workshop that I help run meets at the Macon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library regularly. It is a large group and still growing.

      4 months ago
    • Kylerem's Avatar
      Kylerem

      I use the library and also have the library app on my phone and iPad. So I can borrow books while sitting on my couch.

      4 months ago
    • Maryflier's Avatar
      Maryflier

      I live in Queens, NY. The libraries are excellent. I use my local library all the time. Sometimes when I request a book electronically it takes a few weeks to get to me, but that’s ok. You can also request DVDs!

      4 months ago
    • Maryflier's Avatar
      Maryflier

      Cllinda. My library has knitting workshops but I don’t knit. Some have yoga, arts and crafts, movie day etc...

      4 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I use my NYC libraries, even though I live in Brooklyn. I used to buy books as well; now they’re too expensive and I have no room for more books. Here’s to public libraries!

      4 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I am a retired librarian. I have been a school librarian, a public librarian, and a university librarian. University and community college libraries serve the public also. Actually St. Martin's University is right across the street from my Dr. offices and not far from my oncologists. My son goes there when I have my appointments and does research about my cancers.

      4 months ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar
      leslie48240

      Use it a lot. A favorite place for the youngest 5 of 8 Grandchildren. The older two...not so much. Our two closest ones (2 different cities) offer so much for the kids...besides the books, of course. Even free movies in the auditorium and special programs to fight Summer boredom and spark interest in animals, science, crafts and more. When they were little ...they loved the story times.

      4 months ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar
      leslie48240

      One more thing...have always appreciated that they can and will get most any book for me for free. Sometimes from faraway libraries. They call me when it is in and I have a week to pick it up. So easy.

      4 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      One thing I did want to say is that university and community college libraries are also public libraries and I consider them the best places to research your cancer. Of course most of the data bases you must read in the library you can print out some of the more important information.

      4 months ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy


    Read and answer more invasive (infiltrating) ductal carcinoma questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma page.